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Tesla is no longer including mobile charger with its vehicles

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Tesla has stopped including the mobile charger with its vehicles and will now be selling them separate. Originally the mobile charger was going to cost $400 but it seems like pushback has made Tesla reduce it to $200.

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I figured this would have to happen at some point.
Shipping EVs without EVSEs is a bad idea for first time owners. It may also lead to current EV owners hanging on to their evse and subsequent owners not having a charge cord when needed. If it is going to be someone's first plugin they really should have a charge cord and Tesla should be trying to sell to new owners, not just repeat EV owners.
It is bound to happen because after a certain point an EV will be more common. The thought popped into my head a few weeks ago now that I'm getting the Lightning and the ER. I'm getting a mobile charger and the top end version home charger ford makes. Now I'll have 2 sets of the mobile charger. Which I haven't used once away from the house.

A bill was just passed in my state (I believe, just my state) that said all home builds have to have an ev charger in the garage now. These laws and trends are going to make the mobile charger a bad business cost. And a bit of a waste honestly. When is someone that is in a townhouse with street parking using a mobile charger? Someone just got fined by a mall for using their mobile charger in the parking garage.

Over time, the use case for providing one with the car will be a waste. I can see Tesla doing it because their network is everywhere and they've reached a point in which they have repeat customers. They seem to offer seamless help with installing a charger at your home, just get that (and if you are complaining about the cost of a home charger and own a tesla....wow). If I'm on my 3rd or 4th Tesla, why would I want another set of mobile chargers?

I don't see a lot of the other brands that are really hitting the pavement this year doing it after about 5 years or more. I imagine there is a number of EVs made in which they'll stop including it and total EV market saturation. To me at a certain point, it is a waste of materials to keep making them; especially for the manufacturer. Have 3rd party companies do it. The aftermarket for Fords is huge.
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Does the EV charger in new construction mean the whole evse it just a 14-50 outlet? Having that outlet in the garage would be great. It would allow the end user to select their evse of choice (smart metering...).
My wife relayed that info to me. Just re-confirmed, it is for my county and she overheard this during a county meeting (she's a civil engineer) and it is for the dedicated circuit to be installed in the garage and possibly elsewhere if parking is available near the structure (ie no garage but driveway). Review on case by case basis for a waiver (like for Townhomes with no parking near the structure).

I like this cause in my case my basement is unfinished and the breaker box is on the opposite side of the house, so not much to do to get that run to the garage.

And to @Voltz comment, just doing the dedicated circuit, what if the AMP isn't what you want? The Ford Charge Pro station can go up to 100 amps. I actually don't completely agree with making it a building requirement. I feel like this is a case in which the market will dictate over time, but the shelf life of a house is a pretty long time...sooo

Oh and one other thing, going back to the mobile charger, if the houses are coming with that dedicated line already installed you can then work with the builder to have the charging station put in before you move in and roll that cost into your home loan. I can also imagine builders could also cut the cost of adding it in (which still charging you) by switching where the location of washer/dryer.
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Just a stupid decision at the early stage of EV's that still make up less than 97% of all vehicle sales.
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